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A New History of India

Eighth Edition

Stanley Wolpert

Publication Date - 26 June 2008

ISBN: 9780195337563

560 pages

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Now in its eighth edition, A New History of India remains the authoritative text on the compelling--and often controversial--history of this fascinating country.


After more than twenty-five years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most readable and popular one-volume history of India available. Now in its eighth edition, this acclaimed text features updated scholarship and bibliographic material throughout and integrates new research on such incisive topics as the Indian diaspora, the economy, and the nuclear issue.

In lively, accessible language, Stanley Wolpert condenses more than 4,000 years of India's history into a graceful and engaging narrative. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population, industry, and economy, and also considers the prospects for India's future. From a carefully balanced perspective, Wolpert presents a fair and truthful record of India's history--he offers both a triumphant portrayal of the brightest achievements of Indian civilization as well as a sobering examination of its persistent social inequities and economic and political corruption.

Enhanced with striking new images and a full-color map of India and the surrounding area, A New History of India, Eighth Edition, remains the authoritative text on the compelling--and often controversial--history of this fascinating country.

About the Author(s)

Stanley Wolpert is Professor of History Emeritus at UCLA. He is author of Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India (OUP, 2006), India, Third Edition (2005), Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi (OUP, 2002), Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny (OUP, 1996), Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan (OUP, 1993), Jinnah of Pakistan (OUP, 1984), and Roots of Confrontation in South Asia (OUP, 1982).

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2003
November 1999
February 1997

Table of Contents

    1. The Ecological Setting
    2. Indus Culture (ca. 2500-1600 B.C.)
    3. The Aryan Age (ca. 1500-1000 B.C.)
    4. North Indian Conquest and Unification (ca. 1000-450 B.C.)
    5. India's First Imperial Unification (326-184 B.C.)
    6. Political Fragmentation and Economic and Cultural Enrichment (ca. 184 B.C.-A.D. 320)
    7. The Classical Age (A.D. 320-ca. 700)
    8. The Impact of Islam (ca. 711-1556)
    9. Mughal Imperial Unification (1556-1605)
    10. Western Europe's Vanguard (1498-1669)
    11. Great Mughal Glory (1605-1707)
    12. Twilight of the Mughal Empire (1707-64)
    13. John Company Raj (1765-93)
    14. The New Mughals (1793-1848)
    15. Unification, Modernization, and Revolt (1848-58)
    16. Crown Rule--A New Order (1858-77)
    17. Indian Nationalism--The First Movement (1885-1905)
    18. The Machine Solidifies (1885-1905)
    19. Revolt, Repression, and Reform (1905-12)
    20. The Impact of World War One (1914-19)
    21. Toward Independence (1920-39)
    22. The Impact of World War Two (1939-46)
    23. The Nehru Era (1947-64)
    24. From Collective Leadership to Indira Raj (1964-77)
    25. From Janata Raj to Indira Gandhi's Assassination (1977-84)
    26. Rajiv Gandhi's Raj (1984-91)
    27. Opening India's Economy to Globalization (1991-99)
    28. Escalating Indo-Pak Conflict and Terror (1999-2006)
    29. India Today (2007-08)